Donald Trump has had a busy week — first he crowned Joan Rivers the winner of this season’s Celebrity Apprentice, then he ruled that Miss California, Carrie Prejean, can keep her title.

Prejean can retain her crown, despite controversies over semi-nude pictures of her as a teenager and her association with a conservative advocacy group for marriage, reports The Associated Press.

Prejean’s comments regarding her opposition to same-sex marriage created an uproar in the media after a celebrity judge suggested her response may have cost her the Miss USA title (she finished as the first runner-up). The photos, which surfaced after the pageant, led to the review of her state title.

“We’ve reviewed the pictures carefully,” Trump said at a news conference at Trump Plaza in New York City. “We’ve made a determination that the pictures taken were acceptable. Some were risqué, but we are in the 21st century.”

The Donald also mentioned the same-sex marriage issue, defending Prejean’s answer at the Miss USA pageant in response to a question from judge and blogger Perez Hilton. Prejean said she believed marriage is between a man and a woman.

“It’s the same answer the president of the United States gave,” Trump said. “It’s the same answer many people gave. She gave an honourable answer. She gave an answer from her heart, and I think for that she has to be commended.”

But for the second time in four years, drama has surrounded the Miss USA pageant, and whether a contestant should be fired, similar to Trump’s other show.

And just in case you forgot, Trump allowed both beautiful girls to stay.

Just like Miss USA Tara Conner kept her title in 2006 after admitting she had been drinking underage, tested positive for cocaine use and kissed Miss Teen USA Katie Blair, so will Prejean, whose semi-nude underwear modelling photos are just a drop in the bucket compared to Conner’s indiscretions.

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VIDEO: Trump and Prejean discuss the recent controversy at a press conference

Prejean keeps her crown
Prejean keeps her crown